Sports chiropractic

Sports Chiropractic – perform like a Brownlee

Calling all Leeds triathletes

The Brownlee brothers come to Leeds this weekend to compete on their home patch in the ITU World Series Event. If you are competing at the weekend then it is time to get excited! I hope you’ve done your open water swim preparation, fine-tuned the bike and practised your bike to run transitions. Whether you’ve spent a fortune on the latest kit in pursuit of super quick times, or just aim to finish, have you given a thought to your body? More specifically sports chiropractic and how it could help your triathlon performance.

What Sports Chiropractic can do for you

Here at Revive Chiropractic I treat lots of runners, cyclists and triathletes of all abilities. They all share two common goals – (1) to perform faster and (2) remain injury free. I will deal with the injury side of things first. This is a more obvious reason for seeing a chiropractor.

A patient may seek treatment for a specific injury such as back or neck pain, or perhaps a muscle strain. A simple plan can be put in place to treat the injury and guide the athlete back to full training. Some patients will then choose to leave care. Patients are happy that their injury has been resolved and they can return at any point in the future. Those who stay in care move to what we call maintenance care. The aim here is to prevent injury recurrence by working on stiff joints and tight muscles. Chiropractic treatment in the maintenance phase may be once a month to once every six months depending on the individual. The aim is to prevent stiff joints and tight muscles as they arise and before stiffness and tension can build up to the point that it starts to cause pain.

How does maintenance care play a part?

As part of ongoing maintenance care sports chiropractic comes into its own. Sports chiropractic aims to improve the function of joints in the spine and surrounding muscles. Put simply, joints that move freely and muscles maintained at optimum length will allow for optimum sports performance. A muscle that must contract more forcibly to move a stiff or restricted joint will mean the body expends extra energy. A muscle that is full of knots will not contract and work with the same efficiency as a muscle that is relaxed. A body that moves freely and easily will move fast!

Talk to our chiropractor Alison Eaves to find out how sports chiropractic could help. You can book online at or call 0113 347 2801. Revive Chiropractic has 2 locations in Leeds. Both our Adel and Scholes clinics offer appointments from 8am to 8pm.

Chiropractic fitness for 2016

Chiropractic fitness is concept raised by Alison Eaves, a chiropractor in Leeds. Alison is on hand to offer advice to anyone wanting to improve their health and fitness in 2016. For many people, the New Year brings promises of becoming healthier and exercising more. So what is chiropractic fitness and how can visiting a chiropractor help before you dig out the running shoes or rediscover the long lost gym membership card?

A chiropractor will be able to help with any pre-existing injuries or stiffness and be able to look at your movement and suggest ways of improving it. This is because ultimately it is free and easy movement of the joints, muscles and ligaments that leads to full and pain free movement. So this is chiropractic fitness.

If you begin a new exercise regime and you are carrying an injury then you will likely make that injury worse. Sometimes even if it is just tight neck and shoulders that you notice from time to time when sat in the office then this can be exacerbated by the new exercise regime. This is because our bodies are particularly susceptible to changes in habits. So going from being sedentary to the gym even a few times a week can send shock waves through the body.

Visiting a chiropractor will include a full assessment of the body and highlight any stiffness, muscles tightness or muscle weakness. The chiropractor can make numerous suggestions as to what exercises may be beneficial and also the type of exercise you should be undertaking and how often and at what intensity etc. This advice is given alongside any hands on manual therapy or chiropractic manipulation as in my opinion both aspects are important in maintaining a healthy and well-functioning body.

Even if you have no pain you may still benefit from visiting a chiropractor as they will likely find areas that can be improved and decrease the likelihood of pain developing in the future. Chiropractic fitness really is for everyone.

Alison can be contacted at the North Leeds Clinic on 0113 3472801 or the East Leeds Clinic on 0113 347 0024. Appointments with the chiropractor are available Monday to Friday 8am-7pm and on Saturdays by appointment.

Chiropractic Awareness Week 13th-19th April 2015

Did you know that this week is chiropractic awareness week? Chiropractic awareness week is running 13th-19th April and there has already been some great coverage in the press. Just in case you may have missed it here are some articles you may be interested in:

The Independent:

Looking at electronic devices leads to increase in neck and back problems

Daily Mirror:

Back pain soars among young people because they are sitting down for too long

The Times:

Youngsters are becoming sitting targets for back pain

All three of these articles focus on the shocking rise in back pain amongst young patients under the age of 30. It is suggested that the near constant use of mobile phones, laptops and tablets is causing too much stress and strain to our spines, leading to pain and disability. There has been a steep rise in the number of people in this age group reporting back pain and neck pain and I would definitely say that my practice reflects this. I’ve been working as a chiropractor now for nearly seven years and more and more younger patients are coming in to see me for help with painful back and neck conditions. It always used to be old age causing the trouble!

The good news is that this type of pain is usually relatively straight-forward to sort out and responds very well to chiropractic treatment. Whilst patients are young you have the opportunity to change postural habits and explain the importance of good posture and how to sit properly. This should lead to less spinal problems in the future and a healthier, happier population.

Neck and back pain in patients under 30 years old is not ‘normal’ and we need to address this sudden and dramatic rise in spinal pain with sensible advice on how it can best be avoided. It is great to see such great news coverage for the chiropractic profession and we need to work alongside osteopaths and physiotherapists to help the population reduce the surge in back pain that is highlighted in this survey.

What does chiropractic treatment do?

Once the cause of the pain has been identified I will work on the patient’s spine to restore movement to any parts of the neck or the back that have become stiff or jammed. Conversely if there is instability and too much movement we may look at exercises to strengthen specific muscles. Check out these simple exercises that can be performed daily to help you with any neck or back pain from Revive TV.

Spread the word about chiropractic

Maybe it is your son or daughter who is complaining of back or neck pain or a friend? If you have personally benefitted from chiropractic treatment then suggest that they come and see us at Revive Chiropractic and we can help. It is amazing just how many people still don’t know what a chiropractor is or what we do!